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Trail Etiquette

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Stay as far to the right side of the trail as is comfortable, except when passing another trail user.

Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic.

Be predictable. When on the trail, move predictably and consistently to avoid collisions. Be sure to look before changing positions on the trail.

Pass on the left. Look ahead as well as to the rear before attempting to pass, leaving plenty of room between you and the person you are passing.

Give audible signs when passing. Give a clear signal with a horn, bell or voice before passing.

Use caution when using headphones. You may not hear warnings from others.

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Use lights at night. Collisions can be avoided if trail users can be seen. Use reflective clothing for extra protection.

Slower traffic has the right-of-way. Faster traffic is responsible for yielding to slower or oncoming traffic.

Yield when entering or crossing paths and roads. Don’t count on others stopping for you.

Stay on the trail. Trails are created to preserve precious outdoor resources. By staying on the trail, you lessen your impact and disturbance of wildlife. The only time to step off-trail is when you encounter many other users or are resting. Step to the side and stop walking. This prevents the trail from being widened excessively and limits impact on adjacent vegetation.

Find durable spots when resting off-trail. For example, find lichen-free rocks, a fallen tree or a sandy area. Stay as far to the right side of the trail as is comfortable.

Respect private property. Do not cross fences. You may be trespassing.

Do not pick flowers or collect natural items. The rock, flower or berries you take from the trail area could be food or shelter for wildlife. Never peel bark, carve initials or break branches from living or dead trees.

Don’t litter. Food scraps, empty cans and bottles and other debris are unsightly and dangerous.

Respect area wildlife and the land. Pick up cigarette butts and other trash. Dispose of it properly.

Leave no trace. Protect our natural resources.

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